World-traveling blues artists, an internationally acclaimed Celtic tenor group, and the Moscow Festival Ballet are just a few of the globetrotting talent and finesse coming to the spring 2016 season of the Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center in Spindale, N.C. With vocalists, dancers, a ‘70s show band that’s performed for the last three U.S. presidents and many more, the Foundation’s 2016 performance season guarantees family fun and premier entertainment for all.

Eric Bibb, Jan. 15

Put on the map by his 1996 London Blues Festival performance, Eric Bibb has been singing and writing acoustic blues in Europe for most of his adult life. Son of American folk legend Leon Bibb, Eric is bringing his musical legacy and what the Dayton Daily News called his “grace, elegance, and gentleness” to the Foundation.

The Four Loves” – CANTUS, Jan. 30

This performance by CANTUS, the world-famous men’s vocal ensemble, explores complex human emotion to charm and engage, without using a conductor. CANTUS performs a range of music, from the Renaissance to the 21st century, as chamber musicians, and are hailed for their “exalting finesse” and “spontaneous grace” (The Washington Post).

Right On Band – The World’s Greatest ‘70s Show Band, Feb. 13

Motown, disco and ‘70s funk are alive in the Right On Band, a ten-piece show band with a full horn section. Performing for the last three U.S. presidents and many other international celebrities in outlandish costumes and exuberant spirits, the Right On Band has been keeping the ‘70s alive for more than 18 years. Don’t miss them at the Foundation for a Valentine’s Weekend performance, which will help raise funds to support The Foundation Performing Arts Center‘s operations and includes dancing, desserts and beverages.

The Sleeping Beauty” – Moscow Festival Ballet, Mar. 7

This crown jewel of the Moscow Festival Ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty,” is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. Based on Charles Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, with music written by famed composer Tchaikovsky, this internationally acclaimed performance brings magic and delight to the Foundation.

The Celtic Tenors, Mar. 19

Having performed in cathedrals and concert halls across the globe, The Celtic Tenors give audiences sparkling, good humored renditions of pop, classical and traditional Celtic songs! Their world-class talent shines through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting Danny Boy, exhilarating classics like Nessun Dorma and an American mix by artists like Bob Dylan and Stephen Foster, and now they’re coming to the Foundation for a much requested return engagement.

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters,” Apr. 16

Enjoy the Carpenters’ classic love songs as performed by Lisa Rock and her 6-piece band! Lisa uses her singing and playwriting talents to create “Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters,” a tribute to the music and lives of legendary ‘70s duo Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard.

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